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Icelandic links could pave way for Eidur move

PUBLISHED: 11:18 12 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:21 05 October 2010

BARCELONA striker Eidur Gudjohnsen is leaning towards a move to West Ham after his father admitted that he wants to return to the Premier League. The Hammers failed in an attempt to sign Gudjohnsen last summer, but manager Alan Curbishley retains an inter

BARCELONA striker Eidur Gudjohnsen is leaning towards a move to West Ham after his father admitted that he wants to return to the Premier League.

The Hammers failed in an attempt to sign Gudjohnsen last summer, but manager Alan Curbishley retains an interest in the Iceland international.

The 29-year-old failed to cement a regular place in the Barcelona side last season and is considering his future.

"One Premier League club has shown a lot of interest in Eidur," said his father and agent Arnor Gudjohnsen.

"Eidur and his family are settled in Barcelona and he has two years left on his contract, but his chances were limited last season.

"He would certainly be interested in a move back to England, but he is not going to rush into making a decision."

Newcastle had also been linked with a swoop for Gudjohnsen but the former Chelsea and Bolton player told Catalunya Radio that he would prefer a switch to Upton Park.

Gudjohnsen told the radio station that his close friendship with West Ham's Icelandic owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson and his desire to move back to London made a move to West Ham more attractive.

He said that that Barcelona have given him permission to leave and to hold talks with potential suitors.

Gudjohnsen was moved to a midfield role by former Barca coach Frank Rijkaard last season but the player is believed to be surplus to new coach Pep Guardiola's plans for next season.


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